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A holy man beyond the sea / Was bishop of a great city
The Knight who did penance among worms, in the Northern Homily Cycle
Note: Northern Homily Cycle — in couplets
Subjects: penance; two-line



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Selden Supra 52 (SC 3440), ff. 187v-189v
First Lines:
A holy man be ȝond þe se
Was byschop in Agrett cuntre…
Last Lines:
…þer he ys now in play & gamyn
Ihesu bryng vs þeder all same
2.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Ashmole 42 (SC 6923), ff. 44-46
First Lines:
A hali man beȝonde þe Cee
Was bisschope of a grete cytee…
Last Lines:
…In hye heuene wiþ gammen & playe
God bringe vs þidir als he wele maye
3.Source: Oxford, Bodleian Library Eng. poet. a.1 (SC 3938) [Vernon MS], ff. 176vc-177rb
First Lines:
AN holy mon bi ȝonde þe see
Was Bisschop of a gret Citee…
Last Lines:
…Þere hit woneþ wiþ pley and game
God bryng vs þider al in same. AMEN.
Attributed Title: Hou a knyt dude his penaunce among wormes (f. 176vc)
Facsimiles:
Doyle, I. A., ed. The Vernon Manuscript. A Facsimile of Bodleian Library, Oxford, MS Eng. poet.a.1, with an introduction by A. I. Doyle. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 1987.
Scase, Wendy, and Nick Kennedy, eds. A facsimile edition of the Vernon manuscript: Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS. Eng. Poet. A. 1. Oxford: The Bodleian Library, 2011.
Editions:
Horstmann, Carl. “Die Evangelien-Geschichten der Homiliensammlung des Ms. Vernon.” Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen und Literaturen 57 (1877): 241-316: 253.
4.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 8335 [olim Bute], pp. 72-76
First Lines:
An holi man biȝonde þe ce
Was bisschope of a grete cite…
Last Lines:
…yore it wones in play and gamen
God brynge vs til þat blisse alle samen
Attributed Title: Narracio de quodam vsurario (p. 72)
5.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Dd.1.1, ff. 72-76
First Lines:
An holi man bi ȝond þe se
was bischop of a greet Cite…
Last Lines:
…& þan schal þi soule wende
to lyuen in blisse wiþ outen ende…
Note: Last 56 lines lost due to lost f. 72.
6.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Gg.5.31, ff. 42-43v
First Lines:
A haly mane by ȝounde þe se
Was byschoppe of a grete cyte…
Last Lines:
…þare he wonnes in play and gammen
God bryng vs þidere all sammen
Attributed Title: Narracio (f. 42)
7.Source: London, British Library Addit. 38010, ff. 40v-42
First Lines:
A haly man by ȝonde þe see
Was bisshop of a gret cyte…
Last Lines:
…Thare he wonnes in play and gammen
God brynge vs þither all sammen
8.Source: London, British Library Harley 2391, f. 167
9.Source: Edinburgh, Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh MS Cursor Mundi, Northern Homily Cycle , ff. 32vb-33va
First Lines:
An hali man bi yond se
Was bischop of a gret cite…
Last Lines:
…Þat it wones in plaiand game
Godd bring us þider alle same
Editions:
Small, John, ed. English Metrical Homilies…. Edinburgh: W. Paterson, 1862: 138-44.
Morris, Richard, ed. Specimens of Early English A.D. 1250-A.D. 1400. Oxford, 1867 [See also Morris and Skeat (1882)]: 154-8.
Thompson, Anne B., ed. The Northern Homily Cycle. Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University for TEAMS, 2008.
10.Source: London, Lambeth Palace Library 260, ff. 16rb
11.Source: Minneapolis MN, Minnesota University Library Z.822.N.81 [olim Phillipps 8122], ff. 15v-17
First Lines:
A haly man be ȝonde þe see
was byschope of a gret cyte…
Last Lines:
…þare he wones in play & game
god bryng vs þider all soone
12.Source: San Marino, CA, Henry Huntington Library HM 129 [olim Phillipps 20420], ff. 33v-35v
First Lines:
A holy man be ȝond þe se
Was besschop of a gret cyte…
Last Lines:
…Þar he wonnyth in play and gamyn
God bryng vs þedyr all samyn
Attributed Title: narracio (f. 33v)